*** NEW YORK AND EAST COAST PREMIERE ***
- Berlin International Film Festival Jury (WINNER - Special Mention)
"A powerful and emotionally satisfying film"
- Jane Ganahl, San Francisco Chronicle
"Supreme acting and great music...captivating"
- Stockholm International Film Festival Jr. Jury (WINNER - Best Youth Film)
"Respect and love to Quality of Life. Finally there is a film that honors the writing culture... smart and beautiful enough to be a great film, not just 'a graffiti movie.'"
- ZEPHYR... New York City (zephyrgraffiti.com)
NEW YORK - Quality of Life, the explosive film that spins a gripping narrative tale around the controversy regarding the legitimacy of "street art" and laws that criminalize it, makes its New York (and East Coast) premiere on April 6 with an exclusive engagement at Pioneer Theater.
Independently made and distributed, Quality of Life is a dramatic feature that takes its title from the infamous expression used by former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani to equate graffiti with murder, as crimes on a "continuum of disorder." Few in the art world, however, discount a street art scene that inspired mainstream icons like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and its own thriving - now global - counterculture.
Quality of Life just won the first MySpace Film Users Choice Contest and reigned as the Top Filmmaker for over five weeks.
Praised for its authenticity, the film shines dramatic light on true-to-life underground graffiti culture as it paints a portrait of two torn young artists trying to maintain their friendship as the cops close in, and survive.
With breakout performances by Lane Garrison, currently filming a recurring role on the FOX television drama Prison Break (and scheduled to appear on New York's WB Morning News on April 7 and The Tony Danza Show on April 12) and Brian Burnam, "who... reels us in with his charisma and keeps us hooked with the pathos--even as he does some very bad and stupid and tragic things," (O.C. Weekly), and a strong supporting cast, Quality of Life features hot emerging talent on the rise.
Director Benjamin Morgan has spent over a decade as a government social worker, working within the local juvenile system. A former at-risk kid himself, Morgan's connection to the underground youth of today accentuates the film's drama verite style. Says Morgan, "Quality of Life is a story about people trying to do the best they can with what they have. It reveals the story behind the writing on the walls."
The film, propelled by a cutting edge hip-hop and alternative rock soundtrack featuring Modest Mouse, Mr. Lif, and Built to Spill - and the beat of global buzz - screened at the Berlin International Film Festival (2004) where it received the Special Mention Jury Award, at the Stockholm Junior International Film Festival (2005) where it won the Best Youth Film Prize, sold out screenings at the San Francisco Film Arts Festival of Independent Cinema (2004), the Gijon International Film Festival (2004), the Cinequest Film Festival (2004), and the Seattle International Film Festival (2004). Now setting theaters ablaze, with a DVD release in June that precedes the publication, in August, of a book chronicling the film's unabashedly DIY model by indie phenom Soft Skull Press, the momentum fuelling Quality of Life's rise on the cultural landscape shows no signs of stopping - or slowing down - any time soon.
QUALITY OF LIFE, a Relentless Company release, runs 85 minutes, is in English and is MPAA rated 'R'.
For details and more, visit qualityoflife-themovie.com.
Added by LACerand on March 22, 2006